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Indigenous Law & Aboriginal Law

This guide is intended to help researchers locate cases, legislation, resources and databases on Indigenous Peoples and the Law.

About this Guide

 "Canadian Aboriginal law is the body of Canadian law that explores issues related to Indigenous peoples in Canada. Indigenous law refers to the legal traditions, customs and practices of Indigenous peoples and groups" (Banks, "The Rise of Aboriginal Law").

This research guide includes information on both areas of law. Ebooks provide a valuable starting point for research. Loose-leaf texts which give a broad and up to date overview of legal issues, and texts by Indigenous and legal scholars provide subject matter expertise.

The encyclopedias are also a good starting point for research, and these resources link directly to relevant primary source material in the two major legal databases Westlaw Next Canada and Lexis Advance Quicklaw. 

Databases that are specific to Indigenous research are listed, as well as legal research databases. Top journals in this area are important for reviewing recent scholarly publications.

Finally, check out these search tips to make finding resources more efficient. For questions about research, contact the Law Library for research help.

Book a Research Help Appointment

Research help is available for students, faculty, and staff of TMU with legal research questions.

For one-on-one assistance in refining a legal research topic, finding legal information, and using databases and other resources, book a research appointment. Currently, all Law Library research help appointments are being conducted virtually through Zoom. Email the law librarians or book a time directly in their calendars during office hours:

John Papadopoulos is available at, with bookable office hours
Lisa Levesque is available at, with bookable office hours
Sara Klein is available at, with bookable office hours

Email: for general inquiries, please email for assistance with accessing or using legal information resources and one of the Law Library staff will respond to you.

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This guide has been created by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License unless otherwise marked.

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Guide Last Updated

Date Updated: August 18th, 2023